An Alabama teacher is now on paid administrative leave for instructing students to re-enact the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in class.
Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. An investigation is underway.
An internal investigation is being conducted by the Dallas County School System after an outraged parent of one of the students complained about the class assignment on social media.
The assignment started out as an innocent current events lesson, discussing the recent incident in Missouri that has garnered heavy media attention. But, Jessica Baughn, the student’s mother, says the assignment just went too far.
“This is not nowhere near right,” Baughn explained. “It was uncalled for.”
Baughn explained the assignment in which her son took part. “She [the teacher] had them get on the internet and look up everything about [the Ferguson shooting],” Baughn says. “They proceeded to re-enact the shooting in class.”
Baughn says the students used paper guns and paper bullets. “They actually shot them out of this made gun,” she says. “The child falls on the ground like he’s dead.”
According to Baughn, a white child played the role of Wilson while a black student pretended to be Brown.
The teacher’s name has not been released by the school, but Superintendent Don Willingham says he held a meeting with the teacher and school principal.
The teacher is placed on leave until the investigation is complete.
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